Economic growth and social inclusion need not be mutually exclusive. For development to be sustainable, it’s got to be inclusive.

Globally, policy failures have contributed to unfair economic designs that have perpetuated extreme inequality and poverty. For too long. But wait a second before you lash wildly at the markets! It is easy to blame modern capitalism for the perils and delusions of society, but it is not easy to offer an alternative. To unpack these conundrums, we invite some of the world’s leading figures in the economic development space. From practice and policy to research and scholarship, our guests are among the best in their fields.

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Episode Highlight: ESG, Capital Markets, and Impacts

Traditionally, ESG issues have not been of primary concern to investors. However, that is changing fast.

The proliferation in technological innovations over the last decade and the backlash against globalization and other neoliberal economic policies –among other factors – have resulted in increased focus on costs, benefits, and distributional implications of pubic investments and policies. The corporate sector is also hyperfocused on advancing corporate and social goals through impact projects that resonate with the broader society. As decision-makers remain laser-focused on fixing the climate crisis and the ills of social inequality, ESG considerations are no longer side issues.

Past Guest

Dr. Fred Treyz

CEO & Chief Economist, Regional Economic Models, Inc. Washington, D.C., United States

Past Episode

Anabel González

Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization, Switzerland and Former Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica

Episodes: Season 1

High income gaps restrict socioeconomic mobility of the less well-off; fixing underlying structural economic issues is key.
Recent COVID-19-induced supply chain disruptions have reinforced the importance of trade in the global economy. Trade policy in the post-pandemic era must improve the lot of marginalized groups.
From social justice to public health, the increasingly complex nature of society means policy questions are becoming more difficult to address.
As decision-makers remain laser-focused on fixing the climate crisis and the ills of social inequality, ESG considerations are no longer side issues.
The digital revolution is radically changing the global payment landscape; harnessing open technology for the benefit of more segments of society remains key to the realization of the SDGs.

About the Host

Dr. Fred Olayele

Dr. Fred Olayele’s diverse career spans academia, government, finance, and international development. A distinguished economist and public policy expert, his research interests and practice areas cover trade policy, innovation, FDI, urban policy, political economy, and inclusive development. He has published and shared best practices in these areas at numerous conferences and institutions around the world. He has consulted widely and advised many public and private organizations in Canada, United States, and Africa.

Professor Olayele has held academic positions and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in economics, strategy, and public policy at the University of Regina and Carleton University – both in Canada. He has…